Five Popular Products You Think are Eco-Friendly — But Aren’t

Behind these popular green products, there’s a kernel of truth and that’s the problem

J.R. Flaherty
ClimaScope
Published in
4 min readJan 31, 2022

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I wanted to find out the common “green” trends that are popular today and see how green they really are. Not everything is what it seems. And I hate seeing people being sucked in by unscrupulous marketing.

There’s an even bigger issue here. And that’s confusion. If millions of people made slight changes, there could be some hope of meeting the targets in 2030.

Unfortunately, fossil fuel companies for the past four decades have hijacked the climate issue for their own profit.

Let’s stop this madness.

Here are five products where you need to be wary:

1) Is everything bamboo better?

For a while, there was bamboo- everything. Bamboo is a plant, after all. It’s not plastic made from petrochemicals. Bamboo is organic and sustainable, without pesticides.

Here’s what you need to know:

The wood is sustainable, but not the fabric. What you don’t see is the heavy chemical process and its toxic by-products. Thirteen different solvents turn the bamboo into fabric. Bamboo is processed in various different countries, which compounds the carbon emissions.

2) Are LED lights good for the food chain?

There is a lot of support for LED lighting and they are a step in the right direction. It uses around 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs. The problem is insects have a fatal attraction to the blue light in LED. Predators then eat them, which disrupts food chains and damages local ecosystems.

Here’s what you need to know:

MIT scientists are trialing incandescent bulbs that are more energy efficient than LEDs. In the meantime, keep LEDs switched off at night or when you don’t need them.

3) How ethical are lithium batteries for electric vehicles?

Electric vehicles (EV) use lithium batteries. Lithium (and cobalt) mining is environmentally destructive, but it’s a…

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J.R. Flaherty
ClimaScope

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